Flying cheap: time to buckle up for low cost flights in the Middle East

Flying cheap: time to buckle up for low cost flights in the Middle East
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Last year the LCCs in the Middle East grew to 13.5 per cent, a modest 1.8 per cent increase on the previous year according to travel and tourism IT solutions company Amadeus.
Last year the LCCs in the Middle East grew to 13.5 per cent, a modest 1.8 per cent increase on the previous year according to travel and tourism IT solutions company Amadeus.
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Doha
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Abu Dhabi
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Etihad
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Jazeera Airways
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Amadeus
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JLS Consulting
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Emirates
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Qatar Airways
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Air Arabia
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Indigo
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John Strickland
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Simon Elsegood
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Addison Schonland
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Gulf Cooperation Council
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Centre for Aviation

Low-cost carriers (LCC) operating in the United Arab Emirates could be poised to increase market share despite dominance by state-owned full service airlines.

“The region’s LCCs sector continue to expand at a faster pace than the more traditional airline sectors in the region,” Simon Elsegood, Senior Analyst (Middle East & Africa) at Capa – Centre for Aviation, said in an email.

Last year the LCCs in the Middle East grew to 13.5 per cent, a modest 1.8 per cent increase on the previous year according to travel and tourism IT solutions company Amadeus. The increase was the second-highest globally after the Asian market.

The low-cost model has only existed in the Middle East for a little over a decade and has yet to reach the heights of the European, North American and Oceania markets, where low-cost carriers take more than 30 per cent of the market share.

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